Opportunities

Current calls for proposals, job vacancies, award nominations and other opportunities around the GBIF network and among our partners:

If you know of any opportunities that may be of interest to the GBIF community, please contact us.

Nominations for the 2015 Young Researchers Award

The call for proposals for the 2015 GBIF Young Researchers Awards is now open. The Young Researchers Awards intend to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics. Two awards of €4,000 are available to one master's student and one doctoral student.

Learn more about the Award and past recipients

Ebbe Nielsen Prize

The Ebbe Nielsen Prize was established by the GBIF Governing Board to honour the memory of Dr Ebbe Schmidt Nielsen, who was an inspirational leader in the fields of biosystematics and biodiversity informatics.

The prize is awarded annually to a promising researcher, usually in the early stages of his/her career, who is combining biosystematics and biodiversity informatics research in an exciting and novel way.

The nominations are submitted by GBIF Participants to the GBIF Science Committee, which selects the recipient. The prize is awarded each year at the GBIF Governing Board meeting. It consists of €30,000, to be used by the recipient to further his/her research.

Previous winners

  • 2014: Tony Rees (Australia)
  • 2013: Miguel Bastos Araújo (Portugal) 
  • 2012: Nathan Swenson (United States)
  • 2011: Jens-Christian Svenning (Denmark)
  • 2010: Sujeevan Ratnasingham (Canada)
  • 2009: Andy Jarvis (Colombia)
  • 2008: Vice Stuart Smith (United Kingdom)
  • 2007: Paul Flemons (Australia)
  • 2006: John Wieczorek (United States)
  • 2005: Pablo Goloboff (Argentina)
  • 2004: Johan Nilsson (Sweden)
  • 2003: Stefan Schröder (Germany)
  • 2002: Nozomi Ytow (Japan)

Young Researchers Award

The Young Researchers Award (YRA) is an annual award aimed at graduate students from countries participating in the GBIF network.  Students should be enrolled in a masters or doctoral programme.

The main objective of the award is to foster innovative research and discovery in biodiversity informatics.  The award has been put in place to stimulate use of GBIF-mediated data by graduate students developing new research in biodiversity informatics, and also to serve as an outreach mechanism to universities.

2014 winners:

Vijay Barve (India)

Caoimhe Marshall (Ireland)

Past winners:

  • 2013 winners: Emma Gomez-Ruiz (Mexico); Nathan Ranc (France). See news release on the 2013 award.
  • 2012: Salvador Arias (Argentina); Elkin Tenorio Moreno (Colombia).
  • 2011: César Antonio Ríos-Muñoz (Mexico); Conor Ryan (Ireland).
  • 2010: Amy McDougall (United Kingdom); Andrés Lira-Noriega (United States).